S3E10: Starting and Scaling Lucidchart with CTO Ben Dilts

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In today’s episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk with Ben Dilts. Ben is the CTO and co-founder of Lucid Software – the company behind Lucidchart and Lucidpress.

Ben’s love of coding began when he was just a child; he wrote his first line of code at the age of six. After studying computer science, he worked as a software engineer and CTO before founding Lucid Software.

In this episode, Ben explains the difference between a CTO and a CIO and outlines what his role as CTO involves. He explains how he created and grew Lucid Software and reminds us how important it is to build projects you’re passionate about.

Key takeaways:

  • A college education in computer science is really valuable. It teaches you things you wouldn't think to go and learn on your own.
  • Never stop writing code, even in leadership roles. It helps you make more informed decisions on big tech questions.
  • Find something you really want to create, whether that’s a video game, a website, or a web app. If you try to build something you’re not excited about, you’ll struggle to see it through to the end.
  • Once you’ve built something, build something else. There’s no substitute for building projects when learning to code.

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